DAGUPAN CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – In the U.S., news outlets can make a prediction about the winner in an election just minutes after the polls close — based on exit polls. In the Philippines, an election can be called for a candidate 15 days before the polls open.
That’s exactly what happened at last night’s third and final presidential debate held in Dagupan City, Pangasinan. It was hosted by the ABS-CBN television network which has been accused of being biased in favor of the Liberal Party. (President Aquino’s sister and talk show host was a mainstay at the network before announcing her retirement).
In the heat of the debate, ABS-CBN journalist and moderator Tony Velasquez addressed Roxas as “Mr. Vice President” to the delight of the other candidates, incumbent Vice President Jojo Binay, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Senators Grace Poe and Miriam Defensor-Santiago.
One person who was not happy about the premature call was Leni Robredo who of course is the real candidate of the Liberal Party running for vice president.
So the race for president has now been reduced to four instead of five candidates.
DAGUPAN CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – “It’s not important how you came into this world. What’s important is what you did with your life.” With these words, former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas shed the signature yellow -t-shirt of the Liberal Party and donned a Batman suit.
Roxas’ statement came during last night’s third and final Philippine presidential debate after fellow candidate Miriam Defensor-Santiago questioned him about being elitist.
Roxas’ new image is a last-ditch attempt to appeal to Filipino voters who will troop to the polls on May 9 to elect their next president.
Since the start of the presidential campaign period, Roxas has been trailing behind revials Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Senator Grace Poe and Vice President Jejomar Binay.
The Roxas campaign has acknowledged that the party’s “Daang Matuwid” message has not resonated among Filipino voters who have been clamoring for a radical change in their economic life and personal security as well as an end to continued government corruption.
By portraying himself as a superhero out to save the Philippines from “the gates of hell,” Roxas hopes to play catch up with the frontrunners in the presidential race. President Aquino’s ‘anointed one’ says that in the remaining days of the campaign, he will focus on earning the trust and support of the country’s young voters and comic book fans.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – National poll after national poll, former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas has been in the bottom two, unable to break the barrier that separates him and other contenders to be the next Philippine vice president. This, despite (or is it because of) the fact that incumbent President NoyNoy Aquino has anointed him as successor to the presidential palace.
But Roxas doesn’t seem to be bothered by the polls. In fact, he is very confident that come May, which is when the elections are held, he will become the ‘flavor of the month,’ and eventually win the vice presidency.
In a recent interview, he pointed out that last February, VP Jojo Binay headed the polls — the flavor of the month; in March, it was Senator Grace Poe; and in April, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. That leaves him to be the flavor of the month for May, he says. Unless, of course, Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, comes from behind and climbs to the top of the polls.
The only thing that Roxas is unsure of at this point is what flavor he would like to be: Ube, or Macapuno? Can you help him decide by participating in the poll below?